Hey there! Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me a little bit.
I always struggle when telling people about myself, because I feel like I have to put myself into a specific box based on what I do or what I love. Which is exactly why I decided to start this website to begin with. To stop limiting myself by a description (or a niche, career, focus, whatever you want to call it) and allow myself to just be me, whatever that means at the moment.
So this is me.
My name is Erica Gilliam. I have lived on this Earth for a mere 26 years. My husband of 7 years, Kendall, and I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter, Marie. Over my time as an adult, I feel like I have been in a constant state of decisions and changes, new pursuits, and trying to find peace and happiness. I have changed my mind more times than I can count, and I have forced myself into every bubble I think I could possibly fit into. I have given up, run away, and hidden from my passions out of fear and uncertainty. And yet, every misstep and changed mind, has brought me closer and closer to a version of myself that I believe in and looks more and more recognizable to me.
I have always been interested in blogging and for some reason, people really seem to enjoy it when I write and make videos. I feel like it would be foolish to ignore that connection. Yet, I start all these blogs and then quit only a few months later. It wasn’t until very recently that I finally understand the reason for my frustration and ultimate lack of interest in these projects I started. I was creating niche blogs. Yes, they were things that interested me, but I felt like they were a lie. They only painted a partial picture of how complicated life and identity can be. Ultimately, I would end up feeling limited and therefore, like I wasn’t being truly authentic and transparent, which are both extremely important to me. So I decided to just be me.
I started EricaGilliam.com to be a place that would allow me to be whoever I am at that moment. You see, I am not just one thing. I am not interested in just one thing or one way of life. Instead I have this weird, intricate web of mismatched interests and passions. This is the place that I will try to make sense of them. This is a place where I will talk about the difficult things and the simple things.
So I guess I never really told you all that much about who I am or what I am passionate about. So if you came here for more details, here is what you may have been looking for.
Sometimes, I am a writer. I write articles, some you see, others you don’t. I am also in the process of planning and writing a fantasy series. I’m talking huge project, who knows when you will see anything about this. Definitely not anytime soon, sorry!
Sometimes, I am an artist. Art has always been a constant in my life and yet, I ran hard from it for several years (that is a story for another time and place). So I am now rediscovering my passion for art and finding how it fits in my life now. However, I love painting and drawing, hand lettering, and fine art photography.
Sometimes, I am a nerd. Video games, superheroes, and basically all things pop culture makes me happier than I can explain. I love playing RPG (Role-Playing Games) and open world games, such as Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. I also love sandbox games like Minecraft. I am always watching DC and Marvel TV Shows and movies and reading the comics when I have the time. I love reading and watching anything fantasy related. Some of my favorite fantasy authors are George RR Martin, Tolkien, Marie Brennan, and many, many more!
Sometimes, I am a planner. There is something about having a physical planner. I love writing things down with a pen and paper. I also love pretty tapes and papers. The culmination of this has brought me to planner decoration. I keep multiple planners and love to decorate them with all the lovely things I have accumulated!
Sometimes, I am a vegan. This is one of those things that I want to eventually move over to always, but the reality is right now, I am not always sticking to this. My goal is to eat healthy, plant-based vegan and begin making more vegan conscious decisions. So while I love to share vegan recipes and more, know that I am not eating this “perfect” vegan diet, instead it is a journey that is leading me towards veganism.
I am always a wife and mother. This is something that I struggle with and absolutely love at the same time. I have had to learn my limitations and when I need a break or space. I married my best friend right after we graduated from high school. I had my daughter earlier than I had planned, but it was a welcome blessing. She challenges me, brings me joy, and inspires me. She is also the only child I will have. My husband and I have chosen to only have one child and we are both grateful that we could agree so completely about something. Part of this is just preference and part of it is due to my extremely complicated and potentially life-threatening pregnancy.
I am always a dreamer. This is something that has been a complete constant for me. I dream of travel, I dream of living life completely on the road. I am always making up stories and imagining different lives. Sometimes, this is a positive thing in my life, other times this is a negative. But I have learned to truly embrace this part of myself!
Who I am is always changing. My passions change, my interests change, the way I do things changes, and I believe that is completely okay. I think that is human.
You can change your mind.
You can change what you do.
You can change you.